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3. Lepidagathis hainanensis H. S. Lo, Fl. Hainan. 3: 598. 1974.

海南鳞花草 hai nan lin hua cao

Herbs to 30 cm tall, erect, anisophyllous. Stems 4-angled, subglabrous to slightly pubescent. Petiole (0-)0.5-1.5 cm; leaf blade ovate to elliptic, 1-12 × 0.5-3.5 cm, 1.8-3.5 × as long as wide, abaxial surface sparsely and inconspicuously puberulent especially along midvein, adaxial surface glabrous, secondary veins 4-6 on each side of midvein, base narrowly cuneate and decurrent onto petiole, margin entire to irregularly subsinuate, apex obtuse to rounded to acute. Spikes elongate, 2-6 cm, secund; bracts narrowly lanceolate, 8-10 × 1-1.5 mm, abaxially and marginally pubescent with gland-tipped and non-glandular trichomes, 3(or 5)-veined, apex aristate; bracteoles similar to bracts. Calyx 0.9-1.2 cm, pubescent with gland-tipped and non-glandular trichomes; posterior lobe lanceolate, 8.5-11 × 1.5-2 mm, 5-veined; lateral lobes lanceolate-subulate, ca. 7 × 1 mm; anterior lobes connate at base for ca. 10% of their length, distinct segments narrowly lanceolate and 9-10 mm. Corolla white, 9-10 mm, outside pubescent; lower lip not seen. Capsule 6-6.5 mm, pubescent throughout. Seeds not seen. Fl. Feb-Apr, fr. Feb-Apr.

● Forests. Guangxi, Hainan.


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